Unconventional two-dimensional vibrations of a decorated carbon nanotube under electric field: linking actuation to advanced sensing ability

BRH de Aquino and M Neek-Amal and MV Milosevic, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7, 13481 (2017).

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12647-2

We show that a carbon nanotube decorated with different types of charged metallic nanoparticles exhibits unusual two-dimensional vibrations when actuated by applied electric field. Such vibrations and diverse possible trajectories are not only fundamentally important but also have minimum two characteristic frequencies that can be directly linked back to the properties of the constituents in the considered nanoresonator. Namely, those frequencies and the maximal deflection during vibrations are very distinctively dependent on the geometry of the nanotube, the shape, element, mass and charge of the nanoparticle, and are vastly tunable by the applied electric field, revealing the unique sensing ability of devices made of molecular filaments and metallic nanoparticles.

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